Hello friends! I hope that you are having a great weekend so far.
This morning I am off to check out some of the garage sales around town and then I’ll be back home to work on all of the projects I have on the go right now. Too much to do, so little time…
I also have a quick, easy tutorial to share with you today. I made this little pin cushion last week to use on my newly painted sewing cabinet. I had found the white milk glass vase (below) at a thrift store a while back and I thought it would be perfect to use as a holder for a pin cushion.
This pin cushion is so simple to make and it only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish to complete. You could even make this while on the couch watching your favorite TV show. I love those kind of projects! Don’t you?
Supplies You’ll Need:
- a small glass/wooden dish or a wide-mouthed vase or teacup
- polyester batting
- cotton fabric in the pattern of your choice
- a plate to use as a template or any other round object
- an erasable fabric pen or chalk
- a sewing needle
Step 1: Determining the size of fabric you will need
- Measure the diameter of the opening of your bowl/teacup etc. Then double your measurement and add a couple of inches extra for good measure. The excess will help to fill out the inside of your container
- I used a small side plate as my circle template but you could also use a plastic pail or cut a circle out of cardboard to use
Step 2: Drawing and cutting out your fabric shape
- Trace out your shape onto your fabric using your erasable fabric pen or a piece of chalk
- Cut out your shape (doesn’t need to be perfect, mine isn’t!) and iron your piece of fabric to get out all of the wrinkles
Step 3: Stitching, Filling it Up & Finishing it Off
- Thread your needle with a long length of thread and knot the end. The diameter of my circle was 7 inches so I used about a 14-18 inch length of thread so that I would not run out of thread as I was stitching around my circle
- Baste loose stitches around the edge of your circle about 1/2 ” from the edge
- When you have basted around the entire circle, pull lightly on the thread while holding your piece of fabric in the other hand. Your circle will start to gather to make a little pouch
- Gather your circle evenly all around until there is a 2-3 inch opening. Then stuff it with a handful of polyester batting until it is entirely full. You can use the end of your finger to push the batting around to make sure that it fills the entire pouch and makes a nice, round circle shape
- Pull the remaining thread tight to bring all of the gathering together. Stitch your pin cushion closed, knot the ends and cut your excess thread
- Place your pin cushion inside your container. You shouldn’t have to secure it inside your container; the batting should help to hold it in. If you do find that your pincushion wants to pop out of your container you could add a piece of Velcro or some double-sided tape to help hold it down
Well there you have it! Easy peasy!
Below is another pin cushion that I made using a little china jewelry holder that I also found at the thrift store.
If you like to sew, this is a perfect way to use up all of those little vases and teacups that you will sometimes find at thrift stores and garage sales. They are too cute to pass up but they somehow get lost amongst the other items displayed in your home. You know what I’m talkin’ bout, right?
Take those small vases and teacups out of your china cabinet and make them useful again. Turn them into a pin cushion or two!
A cost rundown for this project is as follows:
$0.50 Little milk glass vase
$1.00 Fabric from the clearance bin at my local fabric store
$0.00 Polyester batting, needle, thread, erasable pen – free as I already had it.
Total for this project: $1.50!
Woo hoo! I love easy, inexpensive projects that are also useful!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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